Should the Jacksonville Jaguars be concerned about CB C.J. Henderson?
The Jaguars made it a point of emphasis to bolster their cornerback room. Besides bringing back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon, they signed Shaquill Griffin in free agency. At the time, it looked like the team’s brass was done adding cornerbacks but they went on to take Tyson Campbell in Round 2 of 2021’s draft. Looking back, it’s a good thing Jacksonville made so many additions to the unit.
C.J. Henderson, the ninth overall pick in 2020’s draft hasn’t practiced in training camp. He was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list and it may be a while before he returns. Nobody pops on the list voluntarily and there’s not much the second-year cornerback can do right now. Nevertheless, he’s currently behind his teammates in terms of practice reps and will need to make up for the days he’s missed.
Last season, Henderson appeared in eight games and displayed flashes before landing on the Injured/Reserve list with a groin injury. Although he had a few bad games, he also shined in others and the Jags expect him to pick up where he left off. There’s a chance his absence won’t affect him much and maybe he will return without a hitch. Nevertheless, the fact he hasn’t practice could hinder his development in Year 2.
On the bright side, the Jaguars will be able to withstand Henderson’s absence. They have a crowded group of cornerbacks in Griffin, Herndon, Jones, and Campbell. They can surely hold the fort while the 2020 first-round pick returns to practice.